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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > do I have to have a serger? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 1/1/13 8:47 PM

I have been away from sewing for many years but want to get back into it. I just can't find RTW clothes that fit me well and why buy things I won't wear? I'm not a complete newbie but I've never sewn with knits and I doubt that these days I'm going to want to just wear wovens. What I want to know is can you sew knit shirts without a serger? I have a good older Pfaff that wasn't made in China and it has the dual feed. Also, Is there a good book or other resource I can use?

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Date: 1/1/13 9:06 PM

Have an older Pfaff also and have never had a problem sewing on knits.

There have been many debates here on serger or no serger. I don't have one and will never have one--don't need it (and don't have the space.)

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Date: 1/1/13 9:32 PM

I recommend you get one. While Gl is right, and you don't NEED one, you'll be forever grateful that you got one. I didn't think I needed one until I got one. It makes sewing so fast and neat and easy. No fighting with the needles on knits with a SM. No popped seams. No unfinished seam edges. I'm still regretting that I waited until I was in my 40s to get one.

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Date: 1/1/13 9:33 PM

I sewed many many years without a serger. I didn't think I wanted to mess with 4 threads and 4 tensions. My old Kenmore wouldn't sew a knit no matter what I did. I like to wear knits and wanted to sew them-so many RTW clothing (knits or wovens) do not fit me right. I wanted to start sewing for myself again, so I bought a new sm 2 years ago that would sew knits. I got along ok. I found PR and kept reading posts on here about how great it was to have a serger I bought a Brother serger a year and a half ago. I was sewing knit tops this weekend. That serger saves so much time and sews such a nice seam. I can whip up a top in about an hour or less. I will always have a serger and now have my eye on a coverstitch.
You can get along fine with a sm (and you have a good one) but I think a serger makes sewing knits a whole lot easier.

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Date: 1/1/13 10:43 PM

A serger makes sewing wovens that ravel easily a joy. Linen, rayon, flannel, and denim are fabrics I hated sewing until I got a serger.

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Date: 1/1/13 10:47 PM

Oh, you can do fine without one. Years (and I do mean years ago - 1930's) my great-great aunt sewed everything for my grandmother, including stretchy swimsuits, without a serger. (I think adjustable pressure foot pressure on a sewing machine would be a help, though. That said, with the right needles, I have had no problem sewing knits. The very first item I ever sewed for myself was a knit dress - total newbie!)

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Date: 1/1/13 10:47 PM

I sewed for many years without a serger, but I really love having one these last few years. I wouldn't spend lots of money for the fancy ones, but that's just me. It is so quick and finishes nicely.

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Date: 1/1/13 11:08 PM

No, you don't have to have a serger. Do I recommend getting one...absolutely. You will love it and wonder how you did without one for so long.

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Date: 1/1/13 11:25 PM

Before making a purchase visit as many sewing machine dealers as you can and see which one is the easiest to thread.

I know Babylock has air jet threading (have one and it sure is a lot better than the old Funlock I started with) but there may be other brands with models that are easy to thread.

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Date: 1/1/13 11:57 PM

I am a beginner and it has improved my sewing more than any other thing: new machine, lessons, practice, etc. it has given me a lot more confidence to try new things because 1) items turn out so much better that I don't get frustrated and 2) it saves me so much time that I have more time to play with decorative stitches or trims or fit and if I have a "wadder" it's not as maddening.

I got mine used off Craig's List in like new condition. They aren't nearly as expensive as they used to be.

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